SPENT a lot of time cocooned in rock and
roll clubs in London being seen hanging
out. There was a lot of time spent
talking to the same kind of people.
Everyone has the same sort of ideal.
Everyone is CND or slightly left or wears
black. You get all this closed shop
thing. Billy Bragg, Seething Wells, Paul
Weller, NME. Unless you're a completely
paid up party member they don't want to
know. They don't even give your opinion a
chance unless you nail your flag to the
mast and say 'Yeah, I'm that'."
Alarm have reached a reflective stage and
Mike Peters, while condemning r'n'r
tunnel vision' speaks with the charge of
optimism he/they have scarcely ever been
short of. Currently they're poised
between their different single
'The Chant' ("a massive monster drum
sound with loads of guitars slammed over
the top"), and an LP for ease next
year which promises to deliver everything
that their first, 'Declaration', didn't.
'Declaration' there's brilliant moments
and also bits that we probably wouldn't
do again. There's a lot of songs that
shouldn't have been put on. People say
it's like a greatest hits album. At the
time we'd released seven songs on the
b-sides of singles and I'd wish we'd put
some of those b-sides on. We just threw
away 'What Kind Of Hell'. We left it with
someone else to mix and were very
disappointed but it was too late. That
was us paying the price of cooking up a
gruelling touring schedule. I think if
we'd put on 'Pavilion Steps' and 'Reason
41' it wouldn't have got so much of the
'anthemic' stuff aimed at it.
"We used images of
spiritual battle, keeping up your drive
and adrenaline by knowing that you were
better than the world was making you out
to be. With the new album we're trying to
involve real images that you can actually
touch and see not just things which are
ideas and dreams.
"When you're in a
band you're always pointing the finger at
someone, the government or whoever. But
sometimes we're just as much to blame
because we give people an incentive and
sometimes we haven't got the right to
give them that incentive. Sometimes we're
a bit blind to what's going on because we
are only human.
"We get so caught up
in asking people to be like this
or like that but sometimes
people just want music and a good time.
So I wrote a song, 'Majority', shall I
recite it? (Mike sings song into my Sony)
'... that pointed the finger at us, that
makes us think about what we are and the
position we're in.' "
Meanwhile, pointing a
finger at the state of the British pop
scene; Culture Club, Wham!, Marilyn,
"Pop has become such
a commodity, it's on the front page of
The Sun. There doesn't seem to be anybody
concerned with building a career,
everyone's going for it all the
time. I think it's all going to blow up
in their face."
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